Category Archives: Stephen Black

( #AR ) Bedroom Developer or Google: Promote yourself here!

I will soon be doing a press conference/demo for an AR app of the world's first AR exhibition of photographs. Ipoh, Malaysia is the theme of the photographs and the photographer is Bubiko Foodtour.

If you or your company would like be included in the press materials, get in touch immediately. The premiere will take place in Ipoh on Friday, October 27. This event will generate articles and videos which will then be used for a larger opening/launch in Kuala Lumpur. Other press conferences/demos are being planned for Tokyo, Singapore and New York City.

Anyone can be a supporter and the amount or form of support is up to you.Your name or logo will appear on the promotional materials for Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Manhattan.Whether you are a penniless fan of AR/Photography/Ipoh, an angel investor, an Ipoh-based business or a well respected AR giant like Unity, Apple, Microsoft or Google I hope to hear from you!

Supporters so far, l;ogos already received: All About Ipoh (Facebook group with 65K + followers),Jewellery Design and Management International School,Symphony Suites Hotel, Thanas Digital Studio, Hock Moon Hiong bak kwa, The Dundercats, The Abby Hotel and emily2u (Ipoh-themed blog).

I have recently started durational projects, such as the Symphony Suites Session, which lasted 60 hours. This is a scrapbook of the first 12 hours, and it is full of information and impressions about Ipoh.

Ipoh cultural events

A 60 hour event from the Symphony Suites Hotel in Malaysia.Art, AR, travel, food and more.

The photos in the AR exhibition are taken from the book Ipoh: 88 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour, which is available on Amazon.

Some of the photos are here.

Notes on AR app baby steps

Unless you are an AR geek, a very thorough investor/VC or part of the Bubiko Photo app team, this post may not make sense...it is documentation of testing. Later, I will write a post like this.

Samsung J6 Prime (4 months old)

- Unable to open file.

Htc one m8

- Android 6

- Two apps successfully installed. One is a slideshow with a countdown with very nice pictures.

-The other app only starts my camera, but I can't do anything with it. There are no instructions or menus.

-the icon is incomplete

screenshot of apps

Bubiko Foodtour Photo exhibition pp icon test

Would like to redo icon: dimensions?File format?

instructions for use/how to create a marker can be included? Something like this: On a clean white piece of paper(at least 3 x 5 inches/80 x 130mm, write IPOH. Point phone at IPOH and the exhibition will begin.

Description: These 38 images of Ipoh, Malaysia were taken by Bubiko Foodtour, who is little chef from Thailand.The images reflect her love of food and culture as well as the aesthetic influences of artists such as Stephen Shore, Daido Moriyama and Edward Hopper.

This AR photographic exhibition was produced by Stephen Black. Copyright 2017

unusual AR marker

Bubiko Foodtour, a work in progressBubiko Foodtour, behind the scenes, undergoing Photoshop

Stephen Black: Symphony Suites Session 0-12

This post is a notebook; the first part was posted before the event actually took place; the second part consists of selected images and videos created as records. I am now compiling a concise summary of the activities that took place during the Symphony Suites Session, but it will take time. A lot happened!

https://www.facebook.com/baliwaveghost/ for live broadcast and information.

At 3PM, on October 15, 2017, I began a 60 hour project to create small projects for the internet from the Symphony Suites Hotel.Themes include: Ipoh culture and travel experiences, food, AR (Augmented Reality), all kinds of art, the silly and symphonic Dundercats and live readings.

This project is freeform; a self-portrait and a document about the possibilities of a connected world.

On October 16 and 17 an ebook of photographs will be a free download on Amazon. The portfolio is called IPOH: 88 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour.

I have no connection with the following video.It gives a sense of what Ipoh looks like in terms of town layout and history.

This post is a good introduction to myself, Sayuri Okayama, Bubiko Foodtour, AR and Ipoh/Southeast Asia.

This post is about the first marathon, 72 hours at the Abby Hotel in Ipoh.

Recently, Singapore's Causeway Exchange Project was in Ipoh, which led to the creation of this post, an introduction to both Ipoh, Malaysia and Tiong Bahru, Singapore.

The following people and companies have been incredibly supportive and helpful. I cannot thank them enough! emily2u website, the Symphony Suites HotelThana Digital Studio, Stuart Rankin, Thanas Digital Studio, Liew Sunchin and the Jewellery Design and Management International School.

Ipoh cultural events

A 60 hour event from the Symphony Suites Hotel in Malaysia. Art, AR, travel, food and more.

Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017 from Double i on Vimeo.

Scenes from the first 12 hours, including the shopping area near Symphony Suites:

symphony

THE LATEST INFO AND BROADCASTS ARE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/baliwaveghost/

Records from the first twelve hours are here.

Stephen Black: The Symphony Suite Session

The 60 hour Facebook Live event will be a freeform mix of AR, food, Ipoh culture,videos and readings from books. It begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Malaysia time) and ends 60 hours later. Live and recorded broadcasts will appear throughout.

Specific broadcasts will be about the world's first AR photograph exhibition, entitled IPOH 38 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. In keeping with the symphony theme, the Dundercats and their musical adventures will be highlighted. (Did someone say Mozart's Birthday?)

Throughout the broadcast, the ebook of Bubiko Foodtour's Ipoh photographs will be given away, especially on the 16th and 17th, when it is available directly from Amazon.

Support: Symphony Suites Hotel, The Jewellery Design Management International School , the Emily2u blog, the Dundercats, Thanas Digital Photo and Bridal Studio, and Liew Sunchin

POSTS FROM THE FIRST TWELVE HOURS

Stephen Black/ Ipoh/Augmented Reality (almost)crowdfunding

ForwARd!

Hello!

My name is Stephen Black, and I am hoping you can help me with ideas and any kind of support you can. I want to make a simple project for the new technology of Augmented Reality. I am trying this direct approach for fundraising instead of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding will take too long and this is urgent, in a good and exciting way.

Allow me to introduce myself and my project to you:

My background is in art, television production (CNN, Fuji TV, Cartoon Network).I'm a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I worked for a gamemaking company, until 2007. I then began writing books, while waiting for AR, VR and mobile technology to become stable. This is happening now, and by 2019, there will be hundreds of millions of AR-friendly Android and Apple phones and tablets.

I have been introducing AR to food-related businesses in Southeast Asia. These activities led to an interview by the Malay Mail news service (circulation 100,000).The interview is scheduled to be be printed/go online October 14. A draft of the article is here. A concise background of my AR, VR, 360, art, photographic and other activities is here.

I hope to have a photo exhibition AR project online by then. The photos are of Ipoh, Malaysia.

So... at the moment I am scrambling to find $800.This covers the cost of the app and related expenses.

Please contact me if you can help. I am open to receiving donations that I will thankfully acknowledge and pay back/pay forward. However, I also hope to connect to individuals, companies or artists that would like to create future projects, whether art, entertainment or advertising.

THANK YOU

Stephen Black

bubikofoodtour (@)gmail.com A more detailed post on my AR activities.

PS: This is Bubiko Foodtour, another AR project I am working on, along with Secret Donut World and the Doughbots.

oppARtunity… now!

My background, as related to the possibilities of AR, the new cinema/theatre/text-artform/communication business:

- Beach Road, the 360 movie I produced with Hiverlab, was nominated for Best Experimental film at the 2016 VR Fest Las Vegas, and featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival.

-established Book Merah, and have written, published/epublished eight books including one bestseller, i ate tiong bahru.

-worked as creative director for Compudia/Walker Asia, a company doing ahead-of-its-time CG VR (gaming), as well as a platform like Youtube-3 years before Youtube began.

Stephen Black teaching gamemaking in Singapore

- Curated an international assortment of very well known, and unknown artists for a critically well-received virtual gallery called SPOKEN. This was a co-production with Eugene Soh.

-directed and co-produced Kiss, a short film featuring legendary Japanese actress Kumiko Akiyoshi. The four minute film was divided into three segments and shown at a very small size due to the technical limitations of the internet at the time.It received over 3 million views inits first three months of being online.

-Firsts in Singapore: first Singapore-made ebook on Amazon, first Singapore-based Kickstarter project, first piece of edible food art in Singapore, first 360 movie.

-In SPP, an artspace co-produced with Barae, held the Japanese premiere of Wax, a movie by David Blair, which, according to the New York Times, was the first full length movie to be transmitted on the internet.

All of the above situations and projects were "ävante garde",or "cutting edge" or "at the forefront of technology and creativity". Some were opportunities for art-creation, some were economic opportunities.

Now, of course, it is 2017. Augmented Reality is soon to be making an impact on our lives, just as social media and GPS have.

I am excited and prepared to use my experiences to create in AR.

If anyone is interested in doing something with AR, get in touch. It doesn't matter if your interest is in art or business related. At this moment, the most important thing is to get first-hand experience in the creation of an AR experience. For businesses, this means the international marketing and promotional advantages that come with being a first mover. For those on the creative side, this is the opportunity to work with a new art form.

I have been researching and preparing for a long time and now I want to make something, goshdarnit!

Bubiko Foodtour update #AR

This draft will soon be appearing in a major Asian newspaper. Once the newspaper version appears online, this one will be taken down.

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama are preparing the Southeast Asian food industry for the Augmented Reality revolution. Their partner in this endeavor is Bubiko Foodtour, a “little chef from Thailand”, who is on her way to becoming AR’s first superstar. The three are blazing a unique trail across the region, sharing their insights on AR, as well as researching the culinary world of Southeast Asia.

Most recently based in Singapore, Black, Okayama and Foodtour left the Lion City in February, first stopping in Johor Bahru. There, they experienced a full range of food culture: from family-run warungs to the Imagineering Institute, a pioneer in creating virtual food experiences. After stops in Jakarta and Bandung, they traveled to Kuala Lumpur, where they attended both the Malaysian International Food and Beverage Trade Show, and Cooler Lumpur, a weekend showcase of AR and other technologies.

The trio are currently in Ipoh, after stops in the Cameron Highlands and southern Thailand. With these visits, Black, Okayama and Foodtour learn about local foods and, in turn, explain how AR technology will soon be available on hundreds of millions of phones. ” AR will have a huge impact upon supermarkets and restaurants,“ Black says. He suggests that companies prepare for AR now, in order to get maximum benefits from the first mover advantage.

“AR is the future, “ added Okayama, ”easily accessible to anyone, it offers unlimited creative possibilities. It combines the best of cinema, theatre and the written word. Bubiko is ready for all of this. She’s Charlie Chaplin, Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, all rolled into one!” Besides business ideas, Black and Okayama introduce people to Bubiko’s colleagues, The Doughbots and Secret Donut World. “With these charming characters and original software, our company aims to be the Pixar of AR.” Black, who has a degree in Photographic Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology, has worked with CNN, France 2, Fuji TV and other international media companies. One of his eight books, i ate tiong bahru, is a bestseller in Singapore. Okayama is experienced in the travel and hospitality industries.

“Ipoh’s reputation for great food was a major reason for coming here. Plus, the natural surroundings, the town’s history and architecture; this a great base. With places like pasar malam, Little India and the huge flea market on Sundays, there are many ways to learn about Southeast Asia. Recently, in Ipoh, Black did an unusual project. From the roof of the Abby Hotel, he did a live, 72 hour Facebook broadcast. He shared food research, read from his books, played videos about art, food and music- and introduced the world to Bubiko Foodtour.

"The live broadcast saw me going to the streets and visiting interesting shops, rain or shine; adding local flavour to the programme for my international audience. It was informative and all in good fun. I’m looking forward to doing this again-but probably not for 72 hours. Bubiko enjoyed it, but all she did was dance occasionally," he quipped.

(article ontinues after video)

“We plan to be in Ipoh a while longer. I’m staying near the Kinta River, between Old Town and New Town. We explore in the mornings and late afternoon, to avoid the heat. The British architecture reminds us of Singapore. The food is fantastic. Every meal is an insight into Malay, Indian and/or Chinese culture, especially the spices! Bubiko likes it too!" Black said with a smile.

The character of Bubiko came naturally to the multi-talented Black, whose background also includes conceptual art, creative direction for a gamemaking company and production work for Cartoon Network. “It was Sayuri’s idea to use an actual Thai doll as a starting point. Now we are testing our own character ideas, refining her face and personality. Her adventures are a fun way to inform people about the possibilities Apple and Google are adding to our phones. Now, AR is unknown, but it will soon be as common as GPS.”

Bubiko is also a photographer, and her adventures in Ipoh have resulted in a photo portfolio. Available on Amazon, the ebook is entitled 'IPOH: 88 iPhone photographs'.An essay about Bubiko's experiences also appears in the book Black is writing about his experiences in Southeast Asia.

As the trio’s unusual tour continues, Bubiko Foodtour’s fans on Instagram and Facebook are increasing. Soon Bubiko will be sharing meals with millions of people. Perhaps Bubiko will be bigger than Pokemon- and Ipoh hosted her first!

Stephen Black: 72 hour Facebook Live Broadcast

THE BROADCAST IS HERE.

HELLO

Augmented Reality,art, Southeast Asian food, Bubiko Foodtour, VR, music, haikus, photographs, videos, unusualness... and discussions, readings from, and free downloads of, EBOOKS! The broadcast starts at 3PM September 30, Malaysia time, ends on Monday, October 2 at 3PM Malaysia time.

Until October 2, these ebooks are free downloads on Amazon:

Obama Search Words

Furikake

Fires by Cyril Wong

i ate tiong bahru (a paper copy is available at naiise)

Bali Wave Ghost

Flame Magnet

red dot SAD

Ipoh

Contact With Shadow is not a free download, but if you are interested in the future of book distribution, you should know about Unglue.

There is an audiobook version of i ate tiong bahru, narrated by Mirai Booth-Ong. And, this is 3how's debut album.

Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.

Base of operations: the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Thank you: Hock Moon Hiong BBQ meat and Jewellery Design and Management International School

If you are here because you are interested in my AR-related startup ideas, this post gives you an overview.

FWIW, I will soon have stories on Popularium and ElevenAsia

I am writing this 30 hours after the marathon went live.On one hand my blog views are double what they usually are. On the other hand, there haven't been many viewers. That is OK. I didn't do any pre-publicity, I am not paying Facebook to blast the event and there are no costs, other than my time. I hope that towards the end of the 72 hours there are more viewers. For now, I can only say if you visit the FB live page, say hi.

Here is an email I've sent out to friends and associates:

Hello everyone... I hope the weekend is a good one for you.

Just to short note to say that I am doing a live FB broadcast from Ipoh-for 72 hours. I started Friday at 3, will finish at 3 on Monday. The camera I am using isn't very good, the audio is so-so, the internet is slow and I am silhouetted during the daytime. Perfect!

Actually I am learning a lot, and my blog is seeing a nice amount of action. The free ebooks are trickling out of Amazon. I can see clicks on my blog posts about my AR startup plans. Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter from the Malay Mail.

Anyhoo...stop by and chat with the silhouette... and meet Secret Donut World, the Doughbots and steamboatbubikofoodtourwillie. http://www.blacksteps.tv/stephen-black-72-hour-facebook-live-broadcast/

onwARd,

Steve

This was the schedule for Friday...

FRIDAY

3pm Ipoh (3AM NYC)8AM London

Son Mn Chinese Lantern Exhibition

4:30-5:30 Ipoh(4:30-5:30AM NYC)9:30-10:30 AM London

reading from Obama Search Words

5:30-6:15 Ipoh

Ipoh food adventures

6:15-7PM Ipoh

Ipoh evening tour

7pm(7AM NYC)12PM London

Bubiko: Adventures in Photoshop at Thanas Wedding Photography

9pm(9am NYC)2pm London

Ipoh Evening food adventures

9-10 Ipoh

Free ebooks introduction

10pm(10am NYC)3pm London

Stephen Black and VR

11pm(11am NYC)4pm London

Stephen Black startup ideas

12am(12pm NYC)5pm Lon

Stephen Black and AR

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 (in Ipoh)

coming soon!

Notes on AR Startup Business Model

The startup will generate revenue in the following ways:

- Software (original IP, and possible synergies with Unity, Google and Apple)

- Digital Products, AR and 2D (direct download to individuals, bundling and through online stores)

- Character Goods, Advertising and Licensing (SDW, TD, Bubiko Foodtour)

- Character and AR Content Creation for Third Parties

"the Pixar of AR"

AR is a new medium. There are countless opportunities for entertainment, business and self-expression.

The following are now being reviewed:

Startup Growth Calculator by Trevor Blackwell

https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/31/the-complete-quantitative-guide-to-judging-your-startup/

The 10 Most Important Metrics In A Startup's Financial Statements by Tomas Tunguz http://tomtunguz.com/ten-financial-metrics/

Notes on a Million Dollar Budget for an AR Startup

My company aims to be the Pixar of AR: original characters and software, with a surprise or two. Assuming that I am fortunate to receive one million dollars, how would the money be spent? Actually, I would prefer to bootstrap, but after ten years of only writing books and purposely doing no marketing, that might not be very efficient: it takes money to make money. It is said that bootstrapping teaches one how to earn money, while investor funding teaches one how to spend money... In any, event, the following exercise is good practice.

It could be as simple as...

250,000 for IT: research, model creation,programmers, cloud storage

250,000 for staff and rent (although I strongly believe that for the first year the company benefits most from being a "digital nomad" )

250,000 for promotion

250,000 held in reserve

Realistically, more detailed planning usually eliminates inefficiency.The first 18-24 months could look like this:

Model creation of 35 3D characters (textures,rigging etc.).200K

Staff......................................................200K

Promotional Tour...........................................150K

Cash Balance on Starting Date..............................200K

Domain/Name/Cloud Services/Big Data.........................50K

Research:.................................................. 50K

Digital Marketing...........................................50K

Equipment/Storage Rental....................................50K

Start Up expenses...........................................50K

For now, the above is a good starting point.Elsewhere, I have started an Excel document that will go into much more detail on a month by month basis.

The Wall Street Journal Startup Calculator

U.S. Small Business Association Guide to Startup Costs